Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on February 26 that all kinds of sanctions against Russia should be on the table, including the closure of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, launched in 2011.
Days earlier German chancellor Olaf Scholz halted the certification process for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline because of events in Ukraine.
E.ON, which has a 15.5% stake in Nord Stream 1, stressed that:
- the project was completely different from the ongoing discussions about the Nord Stream 2 line
- Nord Stream 1 is a permitted and fully operational gas import pipeline
- the pipeline's capacity had been fully utilised in the past 2 years
Wintershall Dea is also one of the 5 European companies that provided loans to fund the construction of the $11 bln Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
On March 2, the firm said it had written those €1 bln ($1.1 bln) of loans as an impairment.
In related news, the Swiss-based Nord Stream 2 AG operating company denied on March 2 that it was preparing to file for insolvency.
Earlier a Swiss official had told local officials that was its intention.
However, Nord Stream 2 AG has said it is terminating the contracts of all its employees.